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The university authorities have so far failed to call for registrations
for external degrees for the students who sat for their Advanced Level
examinations in 2010, the Student Union for the Protection of External Degrees
Addressing a media conference,
Convener of the Union, Madusanka Bandara, said the external degree programme
encountered various setbacks over the last few years, and that a large number
of students have not been able to register for a degree of their choice since
“The students who had passed
their A/Ls, but were not eligible to enter university due to low Z-scores, have
no way of pursuing their higher education as they have not been called for
registrations as yet. When we enquired from the authorities whether the
external degree programme has been scrapped, they replied in the negative. Yet,
no new intakes have been made, and the students are left stranded with nothing
to do,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, union co-convener,
Vindika Ratnayake, also addressing the briefing, questioned whether the reason
for registrations not being called for was the Private Universities Bill.
“If free education for all is one
of Sri Lanka’s policies, why aren’t registrations called for all these students
and why is the government pushing for private universities instead of working
on taking care of the public university students?” Ratnayake queried.